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You Don’t Need To Go Far To Buy E-Cig Devices In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

You Don’t Need To Go Far To Buy E-Cig Devices In Hawaii

A public health official worries the high number of places selling vaping supplies “normalized” the use of tobacco products for young people.

Why Hawaii Teens Have Some Of The Highest Vaping Rates In The Nation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Teens Have Some Of The Highest Vaping Rates In The Nation

Researchers say it’s a mixture of marketing and economics, plus Hawaii getting a head start on a trend that started in Asia.

Cancer Patient’s Widow Gets Another Shot At Suing HMSA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cancer Patient’s Widow Gets Another Shot At Suing HMSA

The lawsuit alleges the insurer failed to inform the patient in a timely fashion that his policy wouldn’t cover a second stem cell transplant.

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Meanwhile, a major Hawaii e-cigarette retailer said a flavor ban wouldn’t do any good.

This Oahu Man Has A Plan To Pay Off A Lot Of People’s Medical Debt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Oahu Man Has A Plan To Pay Off A Lot Of People’s Medical Debt

Daren Hashimoto, working with a national nonprofit, has started a crowdfunding campaign to forgive some of the millions of dollars owed by Hawaii residents.

New $161 Million Hawaii State Hospital Facility On Track To Open In 2021 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New $161 Million Hawaii State Hospital Facility On Track To Open In 2021

Patients and staff are expected to move into the new forensic facility by 2021. The new 144-bed building will relieve long over-crowded and dilapidated facilities.

Maui Woman Involved In Fatal Crash Sues Kaiser Permanente Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Woman Involved In Fatal Crash Sues Kaiser Permanente

A Maui woman involved in a fatal 2016 car crash is now suing the hospital that discharged her days prior.

Unwashed Produce Likely Cause Of 7th Rat Lungworm Case Of 2019 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Unwashed Produce Likely Cause Of 7th Rat Lungworm Case Of 2019

A tourist visiting West Hawaii likely contracted the angiostrongyliasis disease by eating unwashed fresh produce and was the seventh person to be infected this year.

Hawaii Health Department Is Prepared To Ban E-Cigs If Needed Eleni Gill

Hawaii Health Department Is Prepared To Ban E-Cigs If Needed

After the second case of a suspected vaping-related illness in the islands, the state health department is urging the public to stop vaping.

Heart Disease May Be Linked To Pesticide Exposure Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Heart Disease May Be Linked To Pesticide Exposure

A new look at data from a historic study of elderly Japanese Americans points to a potential link between pesticide exposure and the development of cardiovascular disease.

Oahu Nonprofit Uses Backyard Aquaponics To Promote Healthy Eating Phoebe Hwang/ Courtesy of MALAMA Project

Oahu Nonprofit Uses Backyard Aquaponics To Promote Healthy Eating

A new UH study is looking at whether the program has led to an improved diet and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiian families.

Thousands Dropped From Hawaii’s Medicaid Coverage After Data Review Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Dropped From Hawaii’s Medicaid Coverage After Data Review

Real-time data collection and a better economy could be behind a significant drop in Medicaid health insurance enrollment, but some health workers are concerned.